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Welcome!

We are excited to have you as part of our MOPS group. It is such a blessing to spend time sharing, talking, and learning with other mothers!

You are special to us! We want your time at MOPS to be relaxing and fun. We hope that MOPS will provide you with tools that will help you to be a better mother, wife, and friend.

If there is anything you need, please don’t hesitate to ask! The following information will answer many common questions.

We thank you for being a part of our MOPS group.

Because mothers matter,
Your Leadership Team


MOPS Resources

* North Gwinnett MOPS webpage: NGMOPS.org
* MOPS International: http://www.mops.org
* North Gwinnett MOPS Facebook Page and Private Group (for current NGMOPS members only).

What Is MOPS?

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. MOPS is a non-denominational Christian organization open to all mothers of infants to kindergarteners. MOPS helps moms… and MOPS makes a difference in the lives of families. The purpose of MOPS International is to nurture every mother of preschoolers by meeting her distinct needs. This purpose is carried out in a variety of ways by offering:

  • An opportunity for friendship with other moms.
  • Encouragement and practical tips for surviving the preschool years.
  • Meeting topics based on biblical values about mothering, womanhood and relationships.
  • Group discussions where moms can express their thoughts and feelings in an accepting environment.
  • Time to express creativity in a variety of activities.
  • A break from your child for a couple of hours.
  • New life skills to take home with you.

North Gwinnett MOPS Mission Statement

In accordance with the MOPS International purpose statement, MOPS exists to: encourage, equip, and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ.

In accordance with the mission of North Gwinnett Church we seek to glorify God by transforming the people of the Triangle and beyond into devoted followers of Jesus Christ; using the good news of God’s Word, and the power of His Holy Spirit to create a community of believers who worship God from the heart, serve others with compassion, and love each other with a spirit of grace and forgiveness.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
—Proverbs 22:6

Host Church Information

North Gwinnett Church

  • Pastor: Carey Hudson
  • Students/Worship: Thomas West

General Information

Semester Fees

MOPS International requires a yearly fee from all MOPS moms when they join. In return, each mom receives a subscription to Hello, Darling magazine, online support through weekly emails, and exclusive savings/offers just for MOPS moms. Additionally, we ask each mom to pay a semester fee to help cover various costs.

We all know how money can be tight at times. If paying your MOPS dues becomes a burden, please see our Finance Member and she will confidentially make arrangements so you may continue to attend.

Cell Phones

We know that many of you have children at other schools/preschools and need to be available in case of an emergency. If you need to take a phone call, please quietly step out into the hallway. Please leave your cell phone on vibrate if needed.

Inclement Weather Policy

In case of bad weather, our group will follow the local Gwinnett school cancellations. If the public school system is operating on a delay, we will CANCEL our meeting.

Discussion Groups

Each MOPS member will be placed in a Discussion Group of approximately 8–10 women to facilitate deeper connections within the group. We will break out into Discussion Groups each meeting. Time together may be used to discuss the speaker’s presentation, share prayer requests, or simply to catch up.

If you have a death in the family, hospitalization, a new baby, etc., please call your Discussion Group Leader. We want to help one another in times of stress and trouble, but we have to know the need exists first. For many of us, our moms group is the closest “extended family” we have.

Membership and Attendance

It is our hope that you will be able to attend every MOPS meeting. We want to encourage you to put our MOPS meetings on your calendar. We will miss you if you are not here! Please contact your Discussion Group leader if you are going to be absent from a meeting. If for some reason you are unable to continue your MOPS membership, please let us know as soon as possible so we can fill your spot with a mother waiting to join our group. If you miss multiple meetings, and we have no contact from you for a month we reserve the right to drop your child(ren) from any MOPS Kids spots to make room for another mom needing childcare.

Visitor/Guest Policy

We love to have other mothers visit our MOPS meetings. Please contact a member of the leadership team if you are going to bring a guest so we can make sure that childcare is provided.

Facebook

North Gwinnett MOPS has a Facebook group. If you would like to be added to the group, please search for North Gwinnett MOPS on Facebook and request to join the group. This is a private group, so feel free to ask questions or share upcoming events with fellow moms.

Meeting Dates for 2019-2020

MOPS Kids FAQ

Do I have to leave my child in childcare?

Because MOPS Kids is designed to be a “time out” for mothers, we ask that all mothers use the MOPS Kids program or make their own child-care arrangements. Newborns up to 6 months may stay with their mothers, however, please know that our bed baby workers would love to hold them as soon as you are ready!

What if my child cries when I drop him off?

When you arrive, someone will help direct you on child drop off.We ask all moms not to enter the classrooms. This can upset children already in the room, and it can make it difficult for the workers to keep track of who is coming in and out of the room. We want to make safety a top priority. Instead, wait at the door for the MOPS Kids teacher to greet you. If your child begins to cry, give him/her a hug, tell them you will be back after your meeting, and hand him/her off to the MOPS Kids worker. In some cases, it may even be necessary for the MOPS Kids teacher to “peel” your child off of you. We know it is difficult to leave a crying child, especially when this happens, but please rest assured that most times a child stops crying as soon as the parent leaves. The workers are very caring and have experience dealing with this, so they know how to help your child adjust to the room and his/her new surroundings. If your child continues to cry, the workers will come and let you know.

What do I do if my child cries in childcare?

Should your child cry, we encourage you to give the MOPS Kids workers a chance to settle him/ her. If s/he can’t settle down, the MOPS Kids worker will come get you. NOTE: We require the MOPS Kids workers to inform you when your child has been crying consistently for 10 minutes. We do not necessarily need you to come and get him/her, we just want you to know, give further instructions, or come take care of a need if necessary.

Here are some suggestions for what to do if this happens:

  •  Tell the MOPS Kids worker that you would like to wait 10 to 15 more minutes more to give your child a bit more time to settle down. You may feel like your child just needs some more time to adjust. Let the MOPS Kids Coordinator/worker know what you want to do. Someone will come get you again if your child still doesn’t settle down. If they continue to cry for another 10 minutes you will be asked to come get your child as it upsets other children.
  • Go to the MOPS Kids room and help to settle the child down, reassuring him/her that you will come back after s/he is through playing. Work with your child and a worker so that you can exit the room with the child in the care of a specific person. Remember, if s/he continues to be upset after you leave, we will come get you again.
  • If your child is inconsolable, we understand if you want to leave. Don’t give up. Please try again at the next meeting. Sometimes adjusting to a new situation/teacher can take time and patience.

What if my child needs to nurse while in childcare?

If your infant needs to nurse, you may bring him/her to the moms’ meeting room to nurse. After you have finished nursing, you can return the child to the child-care room so you can enjoy the rest of the morning

What is the ratio of workers to children?

In the infant room, we try to maintain a 1:2 worker-to-child ratio. Older babies and two-year-olds have a 1:4 or 1:5 ratio. Our three, four, and five-year-old rooms have a 1:5 or 1:6 ratio.

Can I check on my child during the meeting?

While we certainly don’t want to keep you from your child, we do ask that you try not to go “check on a child” during a meeting. Often, once a child sees another adult, either his/her mom or another child’s mom, the whole room becomes upset. The main job of the Lead MOPS Kids teacher is to walk from room to room making sure that everyone is happy. If not, she comes to get the mom so if your child is having a tough time during the meeting, the MOPS Kids Lead teacher will come get you.

What do the children do during the two hours they are in childcare?

Babies are rocked, cared for, and loved on. We have wonderful workers who LOVE this age! You will have a check in sheet each time you drop off to note if your child uses a pacifier, needs to nap, etc.

Older babies/1 year olds will have free play, a snack, a short story, and music time.

Children ages 2 and up have a regular schedule that includes free play, a story, a craft, recreation time, a snack and occasionally a short video (i.e.: Veggie Tales or the like).

Where will my child(ren) be?

Your child will be in the MOPS Kids classroom.

What will my child have for snack?

All children, except those in the baby room, will be given a snack (graham cracker sticks, goldfish, animal crackers, etc.) during the morning. We ask that you please provide a filled sippy cup or bottle for children 2 and under. Empty sippy cups will be refilled with water. All children in the 3 and up class will be given small Dixie cups with water along with their snack. If your child has a food allergy, we ask that you please bring a snack from home for them. We ask that you not send juice boxes because when one child has one, they all want one. There may be a time or two when we serve these to older kids instead of water. Please feed you child breakfast before coming to MOPS. If you pack a snack remember it is a snack time not meal time.

How is discipline for older children handled?

The teachers handle discipline on an individual basis. Most times a stern look or a verbal warning is enough. At other time a “time out” is necessary to redirect a child’s behavior. When a child consistently misbehaves, the mother will be consulted for further help.

What if my child needs medication (Tylenol for teething, etc.)?

MOPS Kids teacher will not dispense medication of any kind to any child, regardless of a doctor’s note. If a child must have medication, such as allergy medicine, it must be kept with the mother until needed, and then given by the mother.

What do I do if I have a concern about my child’s care or classroom?

Please let us know of any concern you have with your child’s care. You can speak to the MOPS Kids Lead teacher or MOPS Kids Coordinator. If there is a problem, we welcome your suggestions, too. It may be easier to share your concerns on the phone after you get home rather than with the children in tow.

For each meeting, please try to remember to label your child’s items the night before—pacifiers, blankets, and lovies. Be sure to put any needed diapers, pull-ups, and a change of clothes in their bag. If you happen to forget to label your child’s things, we will have masking tape and Sharpies for you to use.

Illness & Well Child Policy

We appreciate your cooperation in seeing that your children are cared for in a healthy and safe environment. Our workers will not be able to accept any child that they feel is ill. If your child becomes ill while in our care, you will be notified promptly. Please do not bring your child to their class or nursery if he/she has:

  • a cold or cold symptoms (green runny nose, coughing, sneezing, etc.)
  • a fever or an earache
  • recent exposure to a communicable disease such as chicken pox. Please let us know if your child contracts such an illness after attending MOPS Kids so that we can notify other parents of possible exposure.
  • flu symptoms (stomachache, headache, diarrhea or vomiting)
  • wheezing or difficulty in breathing
  • unexplained rashes
  • had a fever (100 degrees or more) in the previous 48 hours prior to MOPS

We also ask that you not bring children who are ill into the MOPS meeting room. This is very important since there may be small infants or expectant mothers in attendance.

I hope this has answered some of your questions. Please let us know if you have a specific question or situation; we would love to speak with you.